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The black dress is probably the most iconic piece of clothing in fashion history, in large part, thanks to Coco Chanel. Whether you’re channeling Audrey Hepburn chic in an LBD or glamming it up in an evening gown, it’s the best go-to when you’re not sure what to wear. Stock your closet with essentials that can take you from desk to dinner, a couple for special occasions, and at least one casual black dress you can easily throw on for weekend wear. The beauty of a little black dress, aside from being super flattering, is that it’s a foundation you can build on. You can opt to keep your look minimalist or you can add statement jewelry, a pop of colorful heels or accessorize with a beautiful scarf. Find the perfect black dress on Polyvore.

How can I dress down an LBD for daytime?


As long as we’re not talking about a fancy frock, consider your black dress as the foundation to build your look on. A sporty varsity jacket is cute with a minimalist slip dress and sneakers, while a long and fitted jersey number exudes carefree boho style when worn with a floral kimono cardigan, lace-up boots and sunnies. When you head to the office, wear your black dress with a polished blazer or ladylike cardigan. Complete the look with pretty flats and tote. This is a great way to do a quick change between office and happy hour.

Can I wear black to a wedding?


Long gone are the days when it was taboo to wear a black dress to a wedding. Black dresses are elegant for semi-formal and black-tie weddings, and also a sure bet for an invite requesting cocktail attire. Skip black for a day wedding with a lunch reception. Another case where black may be too heavy-handed is a Spring wedding, especially if you can tell that the color palette will be softer based on the invitation.

How should I accessorize a simple black dress?


Don’t overcompensate for not-so-basic black by piling on a bunch of accessories. Go for a clean and sophisticated look by adding jewelry -- either focus on one major statement piece or layer more delicate pieces together. Infuse more personality into your look with your choice of footwear, like a bright pair of high heels for a fun pop of color. Finish your look with a chic clutch to carry all your on-the-go essentials.
  • Charlotte Russe Gold-Studded T-Strap Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Gold-Studded T-Strap Platform Heels
    Add the golden touch to your outfit with these stunning dress sandals! Vegan leather forms a triple T-strap upper that's studded with faceted, golden, rectangle charms, adding the perfect dose of shine! Style: VIVICA 22   Back zipper Covered platform Wrapped stiletto heel Lightly cushioned insole Rubber sole. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Belted Ankle Cuff Patent Platform Heel
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    Charlotte Russe Belted Ankle Cuff Patent Platform Heel
    This stunning dress sandal comes in shiny vegan patent leather, with a peep toe split upper that's topped with two stylish ankle straps. Style: ROXYLIMON   Back zipper Covered platform Wrapped stiletto heel Lightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Super-Studded Single Strap Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Super-Studded Single Strap Heels
    Super-size your stud game in these jaw-dropping, faux leather dress sandals! Single strap vamp pairs with a thick ankle strap, with oversized, golden pyramid studs adding a shiny, rectangular embellishment on top. Slender platform adds a subtle boost, alongside a sexy, wrapped stiletto heel. Style: RENFREW   Cupped heel with back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Qupid Strappy Mesh Platform Booties
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    Charlotte Russe Qupid Strappy Mesh Platform Booties
    Online only! Revealing mesh and faux nubuck form fabulous dress heels, with gorgeous strappy accents draped aross the top! Round toe upper sweeps into low profile booties for a chic, shootie appeal, atop a sky-high covered platform and wrapped stiletto heel. Style: RAVISH 68   Back zipper Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Qupid. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Anne Michelle Super Strappy Caged Peep Toe Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Anne Michelle Super Strappy Caged Peep Toe Heels
    Online only! These dazzling dress sandals are a faux nubuck dream, with a peep toe vamp that sweeps into stacks of straps for a super stylish caged upper! Single sole silhouette pairs perfectly with a sexy, wrapped stiletto heel. Style: RAPTURE 74   Back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Rubberized sole Imported Brand: Anne Michelle. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Buckled & Belted Strappy High Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Buckled & Belted Strappy High Heels
    Glamorize your gladiator game with a sexy, wrapped stiletto heel! Single sole dress sandals are stacked with faux leather straps, forming a fabulous, belted upper with golden buckles all around. Style: BRIDGET 36   Back zipper Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Charlotte Russe. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Chain-Embellished Strappy Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Chain-Embellished Strappy Platform Heels
    Online only! Golden chains keep it glamorous atop this super strappy upper! Faux leather dress sandals rock the perfect caged look, with twin ankle straps that fasten with golden buckles and hidden elastic. The curvy covered platform below gets the party poppin' with a sky-high stiletto heel! Style: LAURIEL 16   Back zipper Cushioned insole Non-skid felted rubber sole Imported. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Grommet-Studded Single Strap Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Grommet-Studded Single Strap Heels
    Online only! These sexy little dress sandals are fabulous in faux leather, with glamorous grommets adding a splash of silvery cut-outs all along the toe and ankle strap! Single sole rests on a wrapped stiletto heel. Style: ENZO 89   Back zipper Cushioned insole Rubberized sole Imported. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Studded Cut-Out Single Sole Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Studded Cut-Out Single Sole Heels
    Online only! These dazzling dress sandals offer a modern silhouette in shiny, faux patent leather! Open toe vamp pairs with a stunning ankle cuff, which tapers into a sassy ankle strap that fastens with a studded golden buckle and hidden elastic. A sexy, wrapped stiletto heel rests on a single sole. Style: JESSE 39   Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Gold-Plated Strappy Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Gold-Plated Strappy Platform Heels
    These dazzling dress sandals are topped with the chicest T-strap in town, where a panel of shiny, golden metal connects the toe band to crisscrossing straps above! Stacked ankle straps add a cool, cuffed look atop the heel cup, with a statement-making covered platform and shiny stiletto heel bringing the "boom" below! Style: DAZZLING 168   Back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Anne Michelle Ankle Cuff T-Strap Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Anne Michelle Ankle Cuff T-Strap Platform Heels
    Online only! These spectacular dress sandals are fabulous in faux leather! T-strap sweeps from the peep toe vamp up to a statement-making stack of seven skinny straps at the ankle. Cupped heel sits atop a sky-high, wrapped stiletto heel, with a chunky covered platform below. Style: TURNUP 09   Back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Anne Michelle. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Laser Cut-Out Peep Toe Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Laser Cut-Out Peep Toe Platform Heels
    These dazzling dress sandals are a vegan nubuck bombshell! Pieced, peep toe upper is laser-cut into a diamond-shaped lattice-work, with cool cut-outs along the sides, and padded piping for a polished trim. Partially hidden platform pairs with a wrapped stiletto heel for a drop dead gorgeous finish! Style: TRISTA 7   Back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Python Textured Strappy Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Python Textured Strappy Platform Heels
    These dazzling dress sandals are all about the the sexy, crisscrossing silhouette, with skinny straps in matte faux leather with a snakeskin texture! Ankle strap fastens to the heel cup at the very top with a golden buckle and hidden elastic, while the shiny stiletto heel stuns from below. Style: DAZZLING 176   Covered platform Back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Charlotte Russe. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Textured Strappy Ankle Cuff T-Strap Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Textured Strappy Ankle Cuff T-Strap Platform Heels
    Online only! These spectacular dress sandals are fabulous in shiny, stingray-textured faux leather! T-strap sweeps from the peep toe vamp up to a statement-making stack of seven skinny straps at the ankle. Cupped heel sits atop a sky-high, wrapped stiletto heel, with a chunky covered platform below. Style: DIVINA 16   Back zipper Cushioned insole Rubberized sole Imported Brand: Fahrenheit. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Side-Zip Double Buckle Combat Boots
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    Charlotte Russe Side-Zip Double Buckle Combat Boots
    Online only! Add a military flair to your favorite dress with these stylish lace-up boots! Burnished faux leather forms a capped, round toe, with a mid-calf shaft that laces up the front with skinny shoestrings through pewter grommets. A decorative side zipper and two belts around the back add a wonderfully rugged twist, atop a sturdy lug sole and rubber block heel! Style: BATTLE 02   Working zipper at instep Pewter buckles and hardware Faux fur lining Slightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber lug sole and block heel Imported. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Chain-Topped Peep Toe Platform Pumps
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    Charlotte Russe Chain-Topped Peep Toe Platform Pumps
    These peep-toed faux nubuck dress sandals show off shiny chain embellishments atop the ankle strap, which wraps all the way around a chic, wide heel cup. Covered platform and stiletto heel keep it sky-high below! Style: CONFESS 98     Back zipper Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Charlotte Russe. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Gold-Plated Strappy Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Gold-Plated Strappy Platform Heels
    These dazzling dress sandals will have jaws dropping all over town! Smooth faux nubuck forms a single strap vamp, with crisscrossing bands at the ankle that shine with chic, interlocking golden plates for a decorative flair! A sliver of metallic keeps the golden fun alive along the covered platform, while sky-high, wrapped stiletto heel takes the golden touch to the max! Style: COUNT 27   Back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Charlotte Russe. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe HeartSoul Laser Cut-Out Tie-Back High Heels
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    Charlotte Russe HeartSoul Laser Cut-Out Tie-Back High Heels
    Online only! Get ready to dazzle in these stunning, faux leather dress sandals! Peep toe upper has laser cut-outs all over, creating an intricately looped design with a chic ankle cuff on top. Shoestrings loop through two eyelets in back, adding a stylish, lace-up twist behind the heel. Single sole silhouette rocks a wrapped stiletto heel for timeless style! Style: DOORIYA   Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: HeartSoul HeartSoul items can be returned by mail only. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Laser Cut-Out Peep Toe Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Laser Cut-Out Peep Toe Platform Heels
    Online only! These sleek, faux suede shooties are caged with stylish cut-outs, forming beautiful, peep toe dress booties with ankle-high hotness! Covered platform pairs with a wrapped stiletto heel for a leg-lengthening addition. Style: JACKLYN 96   Back zipper Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Wild Diva Lounge  . Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Qupid Color Block Cut-Out Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Qupid Color Block Cut-Out Heels
    Online only! Single soled style steals the show with these fab, faux nubuck dress sandals! Cool cut-outs create a chic, caged upper, with snakeskin-textured faux leather adding a stunning contrast to the heel cup, insole, and sexy, wrapped stiletto heel below. Style: GLEE 32   Back zipper Cushioned insole Smooth synthetic sole Imported Brand: Qupid. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Qupid Color Block Single Strap Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Qupid Color Block Single Strap Heels
    Online only! Embossed faux leather forms these delightful dress sandals, with a single strap across the toes, and doubled-up ankle straps for color block cuteness! Decorative golden buckles add a pop of metallic, while a wrapped stiletto heel highlights the single sole silhouette below. Style: GRAMMY 07   Back zipper Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Qupid. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Zipper Embellished Strappy Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Zipper Embellished Strappy Heels
    Three thick bands of faux leather form sassy dress sandals, with zipper accents all-over for an edgy take on embellishments! Ankle strap adjusts with a shiny golden buckle, while the single soled silhouette gets stylish with a wrapped stiletto heel. Style: SYLVIE 1   Cushioned insole Non-skid rubber sole Imported Brand: Liliana. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Pleated Triple Band High Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Pleated Triple Band High Heels
    Pretty pleats add a sleek, stacked texture to these fabulous, faux nubuck dress sandals, with three thick bands from open toe to ankle! Mini platform and wrapped stiletto heel bring the extra inches below. Style: GLEE 56   Cupped heel with back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Rubberized sole Imported Brand: Charlotte Russe. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Qupid Strappy Caged Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Qupid Strappy Caged Heels
    Online only! Faux nubuck is laser-cut into a stunning, cut-out cage, forming strappy dress sandals with a major stiletto statement! Silver snap buttons fasten at the ankle, with a sliver of silver peeking from below the insole for a stunning metallic flair. Style: GLEE 24   Back zipper Cushioned insole Rubber sole Imported Brand: Qupid. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Qupid Strappy Peep Toe Platform Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Qupid Strappy Peep Toe Platform Heels
    Online only! Set your style up to dazzle with these gorgeous, faux nubuck dress sandals! Peep toe upper is topped with curving straps for a sleek, asymmetrical silhouette, with an adjustable golden buckle that adjusts in the center. Covered platform and stiletto heel get a hot pop of metallic from notched golden trim along the sole. Style: CONFESS 104   Lightly cushioned insole Rubberized sole Imported Brand: Qupid. Black. Charlotte Russe.
  • Charlotte Russe Color Block Single Strap Heels
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    Charlotte Russe Color Block Single Strap Heels
    Online only! Faux leather adds a pretty pop of contrast to the single toe band that sweeps across these stunning dress sandals! Faux nubuck ankle strap and heel cup bring a black and white splash to the color block mash-up, resting on a barely-there mini platform with a sexy, wrapped stiletto heel. Style: GLEE 38   Back zipper Lightly cushioned insole Rubberized sole Imported Brand: Charlotte Russe. Black/White. Charlotte Russe.
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